Shipshewana Corn Maze
I’m writing this blog on August 28th, and I’m dreaming about fall! The temperature here in central Texas has hung around 100 for the past … 60 days or so. Last night at 9 pm it was still 90! I’m not complaining. I love Texas, but I find myself daydreaming about fall. So I thought we’d share some fun fall spots, and you can comment with places you like to visit and/or things you like to do.
- I’ve been to Shipshewana many times, but I’ve never been to the corn maze. This thing is amazing! I read that it’s done with the help of GPS. Shipshewana is located in NE Indiana and it’s a lovely spot to visit. (If you end up at the corn maze, please send me a picture!)
along the Pumpkinvine Trail near Middlebury, IN
I’ve also been down the Pumpkinvine Trail a few times. I’ve even ridden bikes there, but never in the fall. I think it would be lovely! You can catch the trail in several spots–including Middlebury and Shipshewana.
- I’ve been to Lancaster, PA but not in the fall. Their Harvest Days look like a lot of fun!
Now it’s your turn. What’s one of your favorite things to do in the fall? It can be a place you like to visit, or something you enjoy doing in your own hometown. Tell us about it!
Bicycling in Shipshe
Amish home, Middlebury, IN
Amish mom and child
Out and about
I’m so excited about the release of my new collection: Plain and Simple Miracles. These stories are very near and dear to me. Brian’s Choice (a novella) is already available, and Anna’s Healing (a full length novel) will begin shipping in a few weeks. So I thought now would be a good time to DEBUNK some of the myths surrounding the Amish.
My first Amish book released in 2010. I’ve visited communities in Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Oklahoma since then. I’ve walked through barns, shared meals, and visited schoolhouses. Here are a few of the myths I’ve learned are not true–at least not in the places I’ve been.
- Amish only walk or ride in buggies. Nope. I’ve seen Amish folk on bicycles and scooters. And of course they ride in cars when they’re traveling farther than a few miles.
- Amish quilt but they don’t do any other handiwork. Wrong! I’ve seen Amish women knit and crochet as well as do some embroidery work for wedding gifts.
- Amish homes are like a log cabin. I don’t know why I thought this! In fact, the homes I’ve been in look very similar to mine–minus carpet, curtains and electricity. Many now have modern bathrooms although the water flows slowly without an electric pump.
- Amish don’t read. Ha! The Amish men, women, and children I’ve met love to read. Many Amish visit their local library, and they love to receive books as gifts. It’s true they stop public school at the 8th grade, but they continue learning long after that.
- Amish are very serious, somber people. I’m sure some Amish are serious, but I’ve met many who were downright friendly, quite a few who like to tell jokes, and one or two who are real chatter-boxes.
That’s just a few of the myths I’ve found are not true. What about you? Do you have a question about the Amish? Or do you have a myth that you can bust? Leave me a comment. I’d love to hear from you.
Happy August. Many of you are headed back to school–teachers, administrators, aides, office workers, maintenance folks. As a retired teacher, I want you to know that we appreciate you! If you’re not headed back to school, but you know someone who is, tell them THANK YOU.
Now to introduce you to 2 more of my street team members. Also at the end of this blog is an audio book give-away, so please read to the bottom!
- Which one: Ice cream or cake? tough decision, but it has to be ICE CREAM!!!!
- What is your favorite scripture verse? Be strong and courageous, Have no Fear and do not be troubled, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. JOSHUA 1:9. I remind myself when I’m feeling anxious or afraid.
- Which would you prefer? A European vacation or a relaxing Caribbean vacation? My dream is to visit IRELAND!! I want to see the rolling green hills and the quaint villages and pubs; and perhaps a leprechaun or two. That is a goal to work towards.
- Would you rather have no internet or no cell phone? I would definitely go without internet, as I need my phone in case my family needs me at any time, or if I just feel the need to chat with one of my children or grandchildren.
- Which one: Ice cream or cake? Ice Cream
- What is your favorite scripture verse? Psalms 121: 1-2
- Which would you prefer? A European vacation or a relaxing Caribbean vacation? European Vacation
- Would you rather have no internet or no cell phone? No Internet
Now for our give-away! A Simple Amish Christmas has released in audio format, and I have some free codes to give away. This was my very first book. It released in 2010 and is still one of my bestsellers. It’s guaranteed to cool you off while you listen! I will give away one copy for every 25 comments I receive – please share this blog with a friend, on email, twitter (click button below), or Facebook, then leave a comment that you did so. You’ll be entered to win!
My day resembles this: Walk the dogs at 6:30 a.m. HIDE inside from 7:00 a.m. until near dark. Walk the dogs at 8:30 p.m. Wow! Summer in Texas is EXTREME.
Which means I’m writing a lot, and I’m also crafting a lot. Did you finish your July UFO? I’ve pinned mine to my 2015 UFO Challenge Board. This is the first thing I’ve ever had professionally quilted. It’s supposed to be a twin size quilt, though you can see I made it a little small. I had a “layer Continue reading
I’m so excited to announce the release of Brian’s Choice and introduce you to the community of Cody’s Creek, Oklahoma.
I travelled to the Amish community of Chouteau before I began writing this series. It’s located 40 minutes to the east of Tulsa, a straight shot down US-412. Chateau was originally named Cody’s Creek.
One thing that makes this community unique is the fact that the Amish use tractors. You can read about that in more details here. It comes down to Continue reading
I wanted to introduce you to 2 more of my street team members. This year we have 20 members, which is a lot of folks for me to keep in books – but I am LOVING it. Also at the end of this blog is a give-away, so please read to the bottom!
- Hamburger or hotdog?
Definitely Hamburgers, with all the “stuff” that goes on them. Unfortunately, no cheese for me anymore as dairy gives me major sinus issues. Boy I miss ice cream!
- Beach or theme park? Theme Park, going to Disneyland in a week with the grands!
- Favorite hobby? Genealogy, finding my past and lots of Germans and Polish peoples’ past history. So interesting!
- Someone you look up to, and why: My mom, she has been through so much in her earlier years and survived some difficult times during WWII and now is struggling to be a caretaker for my father who has some serious health problems. Even at her age, she is very devoted to her family and would do anything for them.
I attended the Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival a few weeks back. One of the very cool things I saw was a display of BEATLE quilts (yes, those Beatles). Each pane is inspired by a Beatle song. For example, Continue reading
I’m excited to introduce to you two more of my Street Team members. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, a street team is someone who supports an artist by reading and reviewing books, sharing bookmarks, and praying for an author. My street team is fabulous! If you’re interested in being a Continue reading
Well, maybe we’re not mad, but I think July is a great time for being a little crazy. Long days, high temperatures, and a holiday sprinkled in. I hope you all had a wonderful Independence Day.
Did you finish your June UFO? I’ve pinned mine to my 2015 UFO Challenge Board. Actually I did several. This little pillow to your right was a real hoot. I also finished my first twin sized and I sent it in to be quilted. I’ve never had anything long-arm quilted, and I can’t wait to see it. I also did a little Texas lap quilt, which is not technically FINISHED, as I still need to add the binding. But I plan on doing that tonight while we watch baseball.
When the days are this warm, I craft a lot. It’s so hot in Texas that we’re only outside early in the morning and late in the evening. That leaves plenty of time for crafting and reading.
Which reminds me, I learned of a great way to be informed about an author’s “sale” books. Have you heard of the site Book Gorilla? You put in your email, then select what types of books you like to read, and you can even FOLLOW authors. When you follow me, you will receive notices of any books on sale. That’s pretty cool!
Now back to those UFO projects. If you haven’t started with us, this is a great time. You can finish 6 projects by the end of the year. If you have been following along, I hope you’re enjoying it and please do go post your pictures to my pinterest page. Send me an email if you’d like me to add your name to people who can pin on the board.(If you’re just beginning number 1-12 on a sheet of paper. Mark out 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, and 12. On the open numbers list projects you’d like to finish. (Any kind it doesn’t have to be quilting). — Our number for July is #1.
Wow. Summer has definitely arrived in central Texas. Each year I forget just how hot it gets, but no worries – I can play in the water sprinkler if I need to cool off. You know my dogs love that. The other thing I love to do when the temperatures are on the rise — READ.
I think it’s time for a summer sale! For one week only, the price of Hidden will be 99 cents on Nook and Kindle. If you haven’t tried this story, I hope you will. It’s an inspirational romantic suspense, that focuses as always on providing you Fiction Full of Grace.
Here’s what readers are saying about Hidden:
It is electrifying reading a story that allows you to become part of a team. ~Harold
Do yourself a favor and set aside a few hours to soak in this story. ~Jane
This book is a powerful piece with not only a good mystery woven among it’s pages, but a wonderful story and view of God’s love and forgiveness as well. ~Carol
So pick up a copy and give it a try. If you’ve already read it, please tell your friends that we’re having a 99 cent sale. And don’t forget, the sequel, Protected, is also now available.
ps – the winner from our blog drawing was Mary Herrnstein. A big thank you to everyone who entered, and we’ll have another give away later this month.